Tuesday, November 09, 2004
The Missing Coat
My sister got out of the hospital on Sunday. All tests came back negative. The doctor couldn't find anything wrong. She's feeling a bit better, but whatever she has hasn't left her system yet.
Sunday afternoon, my son went to a friend's house so we had our daughter to ourselves. We decided to take her to see the Christmas windows at the big stores on Boulevard Haussman --Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. I took a few pictures of the displays, but since my computer isn't working, I can't show you. Basically, they are whimsical displays to bring out the kid in you. Older women were together pointing out cute scenes -- a cat puppet dancing with a doll puppet. I took a picture of my daughter, who was enthralled with the window displays, in her short sleeve shirt among all the French kids dressed in full winter gear, including the wool hat with the pulls that cover the ears. I always assume it's a cultural thing... American kids just don't get cold. I'm forever being asked by total strangers if my kids are cold. I feel like telling them that I've tried to get them to put coats on, and more, that if they were in fact cold, they would immediately communicate that to me.
-- said Auntie M in Paris